Determining the keys to success for the 2023 Toronto Blue Jays
By Edward Eng
Dynamic Core Player Changes
Team chemistry is often an underrated component when building a strong, successful and competitive team. How well players get along with each other, as well as the care and support in helping each other and developing the team winning mentality goes a long way in leading to the ultimate goal. Part of that team chemistry is usually built around a certain “core” group.
In the Blue Jays' case, their ascension to playoff contenders in recent few years have been led by the main core group of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette, Hernández, and Gurriel. This is kind of equivalent to the Leafs’ version of Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, John Tavares, and William Nylander. However, both Gurriel and Hernández (both fun and heart of the team) have been dealt away this past winter, with newcomers in Varsho, Kiermaier, and Belt representing the new team dynamics of playing hard, veteran leadership and seriousness.
This would be similar to trading away Nylander and Tavares for the Leafs to build towards a new team dynamic environment. How much this affects core players like Guerrero and Bichette, and their focus on team success with the new players will ultimately determine where this team is headed for both the 2023 season and the years beyond.
Hopefully for the Jays, all of these factors will work out successfully and that we will endure in a nice, long and enjoyable playoff run this coming fall!